Google Maps is adding support for bike station sharing on a large scale, rolling out a new integration that will provide users with information about docked bike sharing services such as Citi Bike directly in the app.
The new integration is made possible by data passing through Ito World, with information about where you can find a bicycle exchange station, how many bicycles there are and whether there is an empty space waiting for you to dock your bike when you arrive at your destination.
The feature was tested in New York City earlier this year and is now expanding to 23 other cities: Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, London, Los Angeles, Lyon, Madrid , Mexico City, Montreal, New Taipei City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco Bay Area, São Paulo, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich.
It is not the first embrace of shared vehicles by Google Maps: last December the app was given a function to guide users to shared Lime scooters and bicycles.
The new bike sharing feature is available on Google Maps on both iOS and Android, assuming you live in one of the 24 cities listed above. Support for more cities is also planned for the future.